Riding on John Adams and Abraham Lincoln's coattails, the first president of the United States is getting ready for his close-up.
NBC is teaming with Barry Levinson, David Seidler, Gareth Neame, Jason Sosnoff and Tony Fontana for a new drama based on the life of George Washington.
The working title for the series is George Washington and is based on Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow, which took a deep look underneath the heroicized Washington and got to that heart of what made him tick. The series will view him through this lens and how he was seen as a hero in America while a traitor in Europe.
The intention of the series is to flip back and forth between his life before the presidency and during it, to reveal the true character of Washington.
"There's George Washington the national icon, gazing out from the dollar bill with his mouthful of supposedly wooden teeth, and then there's the George Washington who had an adulterous affair with his best friend's wife," said Seidler. "The George Washington obsessed with social status, finely tailored clothes, his image. Not an icon, a very human human being, who learned how to lead. That’s the man I want to understand.”
“What’s so interesting is here was a man who was more instrumental to what our country is today and more famous than any other figure in our history, and yet no one knows anything about him," said Levinson. "We know the myth of the man, but the reality was he was a flawed and troubled character who overcame his flaws to become one of the foremost leaders of this nation.”